Build a bridge
as a beacon
of hope

Build it and they will come

An African American cultural enterprise district will not only empower Rondo, it’s a critical way to reverse racial disparity gaps in Minnesota. To make it up to those who have lost so much. To create a district that will help:

  • Restore wealth and control for African Americans and the Rondo community.
  • Provide opportunities for African American businesses and leaders.
  • Revitalize, protect and promote Rondo as a thriving, heritage-rich neighborhood.
  • Drive equitable outcomes for African Americans.
Historic boundaries of Rondo extend from the bridge east to Rice Street, west to Lexington Avenue, north to University Avenue and south to Selby Avenue. Click to enlarge.
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A dedicated path to district success

ReConnect Rondo will lead the way in the development of an African American cultural enterprise district. Together, we will:

  • Identify official boundaries for Rondo.
  • Create a housing stabilization plan.
  • Drive priorities for housing affordability, anti-displacement policies and improved quality of life.
A group of city leaders, including Marvin Anderson, with shovels at the breaking ground ceremony for Rondo Commemorative Plaza

Together, we will create an African American cultural enterprise district connected by a community land bridge.​

ReConnect Rondo Technical Advisory Team:

  • David Juliff, Be Civil, Inc.
  • Khani Sahebjam, SRF Consulting Group
  • John Maczko, SRF Consulting Group
  • Kent Arhenholtz, Kaskaskia Engineering Group
  • Brenda Thomas, KLJ, Inc
  • Marcus Thomas, Bolton & Menk
  • Scott McBride, Bolton & Menk
  • Marcell Walker, Bolton & Menk
  • Veronica Burt, 600 Strategies, Inc.
  • Björgvin Sævarsson, YORTH Group
  • Katie Eggers, YORTH Group
  • Jim Erkel, Retired Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy (MCEA)
  • Brian Isaacson, Ramsey County
  • Diem Van Groth, Strategic Consultant